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Monday, May 1, 2017

Featuring Bill Gainer

Bye, Baby Bye

The stars wept
that night we met.
I should have listened

There has always been
something between us
pushing -
the weight of tired eyes
heavy hearts
secrets pushed too deep.

So, I'm giving it back
your mistake -
Maybe there's time
to recapture what's
slipped away.
Someone else to love
but not me kid.
After you,
it will take a lot of ice
to warm this heart.
baby bye.

The Mexicans

Everybody's got a problem
some people two, three
maybe four.
I'm thinking the only folks
that can fix these
are the Mexicans.
They fix everything.
And now
we've pissed them off.
This is not going to end well,
not at all.
Not without
the Mexicans.


I have a feeling
I’ll be buried 
by strangers.
The kids grown 
lost to their own lives. 
a few.  
Most hoping
I won't take too long. 
The dog
might miss me
the cat
not so much.
We never were
that close.
So the dog it is.
If there's anything 
it's for Alice
the dog.
Keep her happy
and fed.
Don’t let 
the postman 
try to pet her
he never was
a favorite.
And make sure
she doesn’t 
sleep alone.
Neither of us
ever liked 
sleeping alone.

 Another Global Warming Talking Point 


in this heat 
she still turns 

See also 2020 Bill Gainer Feature here:

Bill Gainer is a storyteller, humorist, poet, and a maker of mysterious things. He earned his BA from St. Mary’s College and his MPA from the University of San Francisco. He is the publisher of the PEN Award winning R. L. Crow Publications and is the ongoing host of Red Alice’s Poetry Emporium (Sacramento, CA). Gainer is internationally published and known across the country for giving legendary fun filled performances. His work is not for sissies. Visit him in his books, at his personal appearances, or at his website:

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